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Parenting Satisfaction Scale (PSS)

Child rearing has always been one of life's major challenges and potential sources of self-fulfillment. In today's world, divorce and unwed parenthood often alter parenting time and commitment for both parents, and attractive occupational options or excessive job requirements may affect motivation, time, or energy available for parenting. Connections between parental attitudes and child-rearing behaviors have previously been documented, but standardized instruments to measure parenting satisfaction are not available. The Parenting Satisfaction Scale (PSS) was constructed to meet this need for reliable assessment of an important family variable at a time of a major family change. Scores derived from this 45-item scale enable mental health and judicial personnel to define, compare, and communicate levels of parent satisfaction in three domains: satisfaction with spouse or other ...

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